Apple patents new tech for its iBooks

Apple has filed for some new technology patents that are designed to improve and add features to the company's iBooks division. The web site PatentlyApple.com reports that the patents, which appeared last week on the US Patent and Trademark Office, are designed to make reading books, especially children's books, more interactive.

People who own an iPad and read books on it using iBooks can already highlight a word and see a bar appear over it with things like dictionary options. However, Apple's new patent says that future versions of iBooks will allow people who highlight a word to bring up even more options like animations, video, and images associated with that word. It could even read portions of the text to the person.

Apple also sees its new tech as perhaps offering up information such as the original source of the word, its history, and its pronunciation. Apple is showing in its patent application a way for people to use a touch screen to swipe a word or phrase and have those words read aloud. That feature could be used to help people learn a foreign language.

Other parts of the patent application included Apple proposing things like interactive games that pop up if you select a particular word in iBooks such as, for example, "soccer". You could also touch the name of a song and have the music for that song start playing. Even touching a "+" sign could bring up a calculator application under Apple's patent proposal.

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At least we know about this at the application phase.

Someone contact the patent office and let them know that this technology has already been used in products.

norseman said,
Sounds a lot like a patent for web sites / html / dhtml, php, flash, etc... Watch out world!

Exactly what I was about to say...
Software patents are scummy and should be abolished.

Sorry NeoWin, you will need to change your web site. While reading this, my mouse moved over the word technology and an ad with a video for Intel was shown. You are now in violation of Apple's patent, and you should be expecting a Cease and Desist shortly.

nohone said,
Sorry NeoWin, you will need to change your web site. While reading this, my mouse moved over the word technology and an ad with a video for Intel was shown. You are now in violation of Apple's patent, and you should be expecting a Cease and Desist shortly.

you get a +1 from me!

nohone said,
Sorry NeoWin, you will need to change your web site. While reading this, my mouse moved over the word technology and an ad with a video for Intel was shown. You are now in violation of Apple's patent, and you should be expecting a Cease and Desist shortly.

+1

nohone said,
Sorry NeoWin, you will need to change your web site. While reading this, my mouse moved over the word technology and an ad with a video for Intel was shown. You are now in violation of Apple's patent, and you should be expecting a Cease and Desist shortly.

You and your followers clearly have no idea what you're talking about. And yes I sensed the /s...


Other parts of the patent application included Apple proposing things like interactive games that pop up if you select a particular word in iBooks such as, for example, "soccer". You could also touch the name of a song and have the music for that song start playing. Even touching a "+" sign could bring up a calculator application under Apple's patent proposal

Can't people just be content with reading a normal, textual book? Give me a break.

PlogCF said,

Can't people just be content with reading a normal, textual book? Give me a break.

Yeah God forbid progress is being made. Why not revers back the entire digital revolution and start using horses and carriages again! Alternatively, you can just stick with reading normal books and let the rest of us have a choice.

.Neo said,

Yeah God forbid progress is being made. Why not revers back the entire digital revolution and start using horses and carriages again! Alternatively, you can just stick with reading normal books and let the rest of us have a choice.

You mean that Apple should be able to "Embrace and extend" without complaints from the community?

PlogCF said,

Can't people just be content with reading a normal, textual book? Give me a break.

It's ridiculous. I definitely prefer paper reading to digital reading any day.

.Neo said,

Yeah God forbid progress is being made. Why not revers back the entire digital revolution and start using horses and carriages again! Alternatively, you can just stick with reading normal books and let the rest of us have a choice.

It's not progress when people are so distractable that they can't even read a normal book without having games or apps embedded inside them. Whether this be on Windows 8, Android, iPad, or Kindle, I'm against it either way. There are just certain things that you can't modify without screwing up.

norseman said,

It's ridiculous. I definitely prefer paper reading to digital reading any day.


And i prefer reading ebooks on my phone, what is your point again? I respect that you like to read paper books but I find the convenience of being able to take my entire library and read it on the go makes me a very happy man since I adore reading. Enjoy reading the way you like IMO

Meh, I have an iPad and iPhone but avoid buying books off of iBooks. I goto Kindle or Nook Apps every time. iBooks is just too....locked down to Apple only platforms.

Shadrack said,
Meh, I have an iPad and iPhone but avoid buying books off of iBooks. I goto Kindle or Nook Apps every time. iBooks is just too....locked down to Apple only platforms.

Haven't heard of "Calibre."